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Interstellar enters four-horse race for 2015 Oscars glory

| 29.10.2014

British Director Christopher Nolan’s latest sci-fi offering was released in the US earlier this week and hits British screens on November 7th.

The film has opened to rave reviews and Ladbrokes has ushered it straight into the reckoning for the Best Picture prize at the forthcoming Academy Awards.

Read on to see how Interstellar stacks up against the other films currently in the running.

Interstellar @ 9/2

Christopher Nolan’s first post-Batman directing outing represents his best chance at the Best Picture gong since Inception, which was nominated in 2010.

The film, which stars Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Jessica Chastain, tells the tale of a group of astronauts who are faced with turning their backs on their families in order to accept a mission that could save humanity from an environmentally destroyed earth.

With the film opening to worldwide fanfare and the principal players either having been Oscar nominated (Nolan, Chastain) or Oscar winners (McConaughey, Hathaway) in the past this one certainly has a chance.

Boyhood @ 7/4

Director Richard Linklater’s (Dazed and Confused, Me and Orson Welles) fictional coming of age tale leads the way and merits its inclusion on the shortlist for workrate alone.

Shot across an 11-year span, the film documents the life of a young boy and how he navigates his way through coping divorced parents, abusive stepfathers and the trials and tribulations of adolescence.

With a 99% Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and a string of festival awards already in the bag, Boyhood looks the one to beat at the moment.

The Imitation Game @ 7/2

Based on the Andrew Hodges biography Alan Turing: The Enigma, The Imitation Game tells the story of famed mathematician Alan Turing, who headed up a team that helped crack Nazi Germany’s Enigma Code to help win World War II.

Director Morton Tyldum, best known for adapting the Jo Nesbo thriller Headhunters, may not seem typical Oscars material, but his screenplay – written by Graham Moore – certainly is.

The screenplay headed the Black List of best unproduced scripts in 2011 and broke the record when being acquired by the influential Weinstein Company for $7m.

With industry hopes high and man of the moment Benedict Cumberbatch in the starring role, this film could cause an upset.

Unbroken @ 9/2

Angelina Jolie already has an Oscar for her acting, picking up a Supporting Actress gong for 2000’s Girl Interrupted, and could add to her career haul with this biopic of Olympic runner and Japanese POW Louis Zamperini.

The main character is played by British rising star Jack O’Connell (Starred Up, 71) and the interest around his fledgling career, coupled with a script written by the Coen Brothers, and the ‘Oscar-worthy’ subject of the film make this a strong outside contender.

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James Curtis

After studying for a degree in journalism and gaining his NCTJ, James contributed to a wide range of papers, online publications and broadcasters including the South London Press, Press Association and Sky Sports News before joining the Ladbrokes News team.